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How Can Influencing Politicians Strengthen the Climate Movement?

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People Politicians The Climate

In partnership with Hope for the Future

Join Sheffield-based climate communications charity, Hope for the Future, for an online panel discussion exploring how we can influence our politicians to take fair, timely and decisive action on climate change.

The panel of speakers, including Sarah Jordan (Hope for the Future), Clare Farrell (Extinction Rebellion, XR), Chantelle Lunt (Merseyside Black Lives Matter and Merseyside Alliance for Race Equality) and Lee Jasper (Blaksox, the 1990 Trust and Operation Black Vote) will delve into different approaches for enacting social change, reflecting on their own expertise and experiences of campaigning.

With recent changes in Extinction Rebellion’s primary tactics making headlines, this discussion and Q&A will also reflect on taking a relationship-building approach to activism, and where this fits into the wider climate movement. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Alex Hensby from the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements.

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Sarah is the Director of Hope for the Future. Hope for the Future is a climate communications charity which has been working to equip communities, groups and individuals across the country to communicate the urgency of climate change to their local politicians for the last ten years.

Chantelle Lunt is a writer, educator, entrepreneur, founder of Merseyside BLM Alliance, a co-founder of Reclaim Pride Liverpool, and co-chair of the United We Stand - Solidarity Network. Chantelle is also the chair of Merseyside Alliance for Racial Equality CIC, a non-profit organisation, committed to promoting racial equality across Merseyside through grassroots community led work.

Clare Farrell is the co-founder of the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion.

Dr Alexander Hensby is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent, and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements. He is the author of Participation and Non-Participation in Student Activism (2017) and Theorizing Global Studies (2011, with Darren O’Byrne).


Lee Jasper has been a consistent campaigner for social justice over the last 30 years and is a leading advocate for race equality and justice.

He has established, co-founded, worked for or been involved in a wide range of leading Black community, anti-racist and charitable organisations / social movements including but not limited to:

  • Operation Black Vote / BARAC UK / Blaksox
  • BAME Lawyers 4 Justice
  • Black Men 4 Change and Black Impact
  • Lambeth Youth Safety Forum
  • Vice-Chair of the African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers 4 Justice Network
  • Founding Chair of the Alliance for Police Accountability
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